Indeed, We sent it down during the Night of Power
And what can make you know what is the Night of Power?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months
The angels and the Spirit (Gabriel) descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter
Peace until the emergence of dawn.
(The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 97)
Lalatul-Qadr, the Night of Power or Decree, is the greatest night of the year. It is the night that the Holy Quran was first revealed. It is “better than a thousand months” (97:3). Therefore, to worship Allah (swt) on this night is like worshiping for 83 years and 4 months.
It is one of the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Many scholars believe that the Night of Power is the 27th night. According to islamicfinder.org, the night of July 1 is the 27th night of Ramadan for this year.
(note: the new day starts at Maghrib time according to the Islamic calendar, therefore the daytime of July 1 is the 26th of Ramadan, but the evening of July 1 is the 27th of Ramadan)
“Throughout this blessed night, the Malaikaat (Angels) will descend and fill the sky. There will be a constant flow of Angels coming to give their salams and immediately leaving. In other words, Angels will be coming and going throughout the night delivering salams upon those who are worshiping.” (Quoted from ProductiveMuslim.com’s article titled, “The Night of Power: Do Not Miss!”)
1. Pray and Ask for Allah’s Forgiveness:
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, ““Whoever spends Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).
The transliteration of this Dua is “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”
2. Read the Holy Quran:
I like to read the Holy Quran in both Arabic and English because I understand the meaning of the Quran better in English. You can also watch youtube videos with the Holy Quran being recited and translated in your language.
3. Call on Allah (swt) and make dua to Him:
And your Lord said, “Call on Me, I will respond to you.” —The Holy Quran 40:60
Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth’s sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?
(Hadith Qudsi # 35 as recorded in Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidthi and Abu Dawud)
4. Engage in other forms of Dhikr/ Remembrance such as:
Reciting Allah’s beautiful names,sending blessings on the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), seeking Islamic knowledge, watching Islamic videos, doing other good deeds
5. Drink coffee to stay awake. 🙂